Washington - The National Education Association appreciates the importance of updating guidance as the scientific understanding of the disease, available treatments, and the disease itself, changes. Continuing in the direction initiated in prior updates this year, CDC leaves even more control and oversight to local decision-makers. We must ensure that appropriate planning, processes, guidance, and resources are in place on a local level to deal with the continuing pandemic – and the NEA will be working with partners to help guide and ensure educator involvement in decision-making.
The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Becky Pringle:
“As we head into another school year where many in our communities still face risks from COVID-19, we must continue to ensure education about and equitable access to treatments and vaccines, including the Omicron booster currently under development and additional boosters for those age 50+ or who are immunocompromised.
“It is important that all students, including students with disabilities that may put them at greater risk from COVID-19, are protected by mitigation measures that allow them to continue to fully attend school in-person, and that higher risk educators have the boosters and treatment they need to reduce the risk of severe illness. Just because guidance has changed does not mean COVID is gone.”
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, students preparing to become teachers, healthcare workers, and public employees. Learn more at www.nea.org.